Duhawks take down second top-five team of the year on Saturday
Sun, Nov. 24, 2013 - [Men's Basketball]

By Taylor Heinrichs & Loras Sports Information




The Duhawk men's basketball team took the floor Friday night against Millikin University, just three days after knocking off Wheaton in the AWC. 


Millikin was able to control much of the first half building their lead to as much as 13 points. The Duhawks struggled to find their rhythm in the first half shooting just 27% from the field while Millikin was able to shoot 50% and hit five three-pointers.


After the break the Duhawks were able to find a groove behind Mirko Grcic who had a team high of 17 points off the bench. Loras was able to cut down the lead to one point several times throughout the second half and eventually took the lead with four minutes to go. Millikin was lead by TJ Griffin and his 28 points were able to help the Big Blue regain the lead and hold off the Duhawks on two late three point attempts. The Big Blue went on to win 79-76. It moved Millikin's record to 4-0 and the Duhawks to 1-2.


Loras had a very balanced attack offensively, putting four players in double digits. Mirko Grcic had 17 points and Aaron Schueller had 14 points. Nathanial Smith had 11, and Bobby Harmening added 10.


The Duhawks welcomed #2 Illinois Wesleyan to the AWC on Saturday. Once again, the Duhawks shook up the national rankings with an 80-75 win over the Titans. Illinois Wesleyan was able to build a seven point lead going into halftime while shooting 66% including eight 3-pointers . The Duhawks shot 40% and capitalized on 9-of-11 attempts from the charity stripe.


Illinois Wesleyan came out firing on all cylinders, earning themselves a 13 point lead with a little over 15 minutes to go. The Duhawks were sparked by the play of Mirko Grcic (who led the team for the second night). He had 19 points off the bench and added six rebounds on Saturday.


The Duhawks have relied heavily on the production of their bench early in the season and on Saturday it was much of the same. Loras had 36 bench points, outscoring Illinois Wesleyan's bench by nine points. Loras eventually took the lead on Saturday on an Alex Cline three pointer with just over four minutes to go. The Duhawks never looked back, hitting several key free throws down the stretch including two by Bobby Harmening.  He gave Loras the five point edge with 14 seconds left.


Four players scored  in double figure and three more players posted at least six. Luke Barry scored 12, Aaron Schueller and Nathaniel Smith each had 11, and Cline had nine points.


Loras will go on the road to Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Tuesday, November 26th and will be back home Wednesday, December 4th to face Augustana.